A Vietnamese court on Wednesday has sentenced three women to four years in prison for holding up the flags of the defeated US-backed South Vietnam for what officials said is spreading anti-state propaganda.
The Thanh Nien newspaper reported that the woman were convicted of holding anti-state banners and chanting anti-state slogans outside the United State diplomatic mission in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014.
Fifty-seven-year-old, Ngo Thi Minh Uoc was sentenced to four years in prison in a trial that lasted a mere half of a day. Both women, fifty-eight-year-olds, Nguyen Thi Tri and Nguyen Thi Be Hai were sentenced to three years in prison.
According to local media, all three women were given an additional punishment of two years of house arrest after serving their prison term quoting the verdict against the women’s actions as “very serious, infringing on national security, distorting, instigating, causing suspicion and mistrust of the people”.